Oakwood Partners with ADRA, Faculty Attend Shot@Life Summit
From March 10 to 12, 2014, Dr. Maxine Garvey (Allied Health) and Dr. Onesimus Otieno (Biological Sciences) represented Oakwood University and ADRA International at the United Nations Foundation’s Shot@life Summit in Washington, DC.
Shot@Life aims to decrease vaccine-preventable childhood deaths and give every child a shot at a healthy life. (http://www.shotatlife.org ) The summit is one of the events following Oakwood’s partnership with ADRA International in engagement with the global community. (See insideOakwood, January 30, 2014.)
Drs. Garvey and Otieno with Denis Ogbe -- “man of steel, heart of gold”
Highlights of the summit included an evening with Denis Ogbe, a US paralympics gold medalist, UNICEF polio advocate, shot@life champion and polio survivor (http://dennisogbe.com/ ), and a visit to the capitol to see Alabama Congressman Morris “Mo” Brooks, and Senators Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby.
Left to right: Onesimus Otieno (OU), Sonya Funna (ADRA International), AL Congressman Mo Brooks, Maxine Garvey (OU), Christine Albrecht (UN Foundation).
In the past year, Oakwood students have participated in community outreach and advocacy training. Every 20 seconds, a child dies somewhere in the world from a preventable disease. With only $5, a child can be vaccinated against polio and measles for a lifetime! The shot@life campaign is relentless in making sure that Polio is eradicated in our generation. We are so close, it is now a reality. India and the entire Southeast Asia region have recently been declared by the World Health Organization as polio free! (http://www.endpolio.org )
Join the Oakwood community and friends will be joining the global community to spread the message that “every child deserves a shot to live in a polio free world.”
Over 100 shot@life champions from 49 states outside the Capitol in Washington, D.C.